Wednesday, April 13, 2016
|Phila.Inquirer 24 Nov 1937|
The Levittown Attacks
"…Mary O’Connor Mamon appeared to live a dual life in Levittown, Pennsylvania. She had divorced her husband in 1957 and lived with her four sons. She had a degree in chemistry and worked in that field for a Fortune 500 fruit and vegetable processor. There she was known both as “a dependable, conscientious, and capable” employee and a co-worker who “never seemed to be fond of anybody, didn’t seem to talk much to anyone.”
In her neighborhood, the 49-year-old Mary was as well-liked as any other neighbor.
“Mary’s been in my home several times and she’s always been quite pleasant,” one neighbor told the press. “She wrapped her whole life around her kids.”
She was, however, known for her “husky, mannish appearance” and her preference for “men’s clothes” (Bear in mind this was the 1960s where women were expected to dress “appropriately”).
“Some of women where we bowled did mention however that she’d probably look a lot better if she dressed in women’s clothes,” a bowling teammate recalled.
When Mary was arrested for the murder of Nancy Glenn, her uncle told the press that she “did such strange things as write letters to herself and sign other people’s names to them,” Judge Harry S. McDevitt said. “She also wrote about herself and mailed them to other people, signing some other name than her own.”
This odd and destructive behavior apparently continued while Mary lived in Levittown, and might have contributed to her breakdown.
Mary’s oldest son, Robert, was engaged to Mary Ann Martin, but their relationship soured when Mary Ann began receiving obscene phone calls and was dissuaded from marrying Robert by her aunt Ethel Markham.
“I told Mary Ann I can’t see him, he’s sissified,” Ethel said. “He was a momma’s boy and kept on his mother’s apron strings.”
Meanwhile, neighbors began receiving anonymous letters about Mary that police later theorized were written by Mary herself. The letters referred to Mary’s arrest and trial for Nancy Glenn’s murder and questioned how the “God-fearing people” of the neighborhood could allow such a person to live among them.
Mary would later testify that she was also receiving obscene and threatening phone calls which she blamed on Mary Ann.
Although Robert vented his frustration by harassing Mary Ann, Mary Mamon focused her rage about the canceled wedding on Ethel Markham and began withdrawing from society. She quit her bowling leagues and became increasingly unstable. Eventually, she was forced to take a medical leave of absence from work.
She hatched a bizarre revenge plot against Ethel that came to fruition on March 23, 1967 — four days before Easter Sunday. … "
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Famous Philly Lesbian Witch Hunt / Murder Trial in 1937-1938
A Public Show Trial - Scripted like something straight out of the “The Children’s Hour” – 1938 “Murder Case” with local GOP politicians more concerned about people’s private sex lives rather than trying how to determine the facts surrounding the death of a child in a city run summer camp.
How little things have (not/) changed in America in 80 years?
Thursday, April 7, 2016
A lot a talk about improving education these days. Here is something from the past regarding something perhaps missing in the modern education equation.
Boston English High school is listed as the oldest public high school in the United States founded in 1821.
Boston English High school is listed as the oldest public high school in the United States founded in 1821.
Most notable among its alumni are J. P Morgan, financier, Louis Sullivan, architect, Leonard Nimoy, actor, Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam and two American Generals, William H.C.Whiting CSA, and Matthew Ridgway.
The school started out to give a practical no frills Yankee style education for those going beyond grade school in the early part of our republic. No frills meant that it taught English but no Latin as in a more traditional academic setting of the time.
I was not familiar with the history of the institution until I ran across some documents in a flea market. The penmanship alone of one bygone document overwhelmed me. I will shortly share some of the words attached to that bygone penmanship.
You can look back on your own education. You can look at the education your child is receiving. You see many discrepancies in how a newer generation is being taught and wonder what values taught to you have been discounted in the process of the progress of American civilization.
Your child's homework makes them busy. Assignments on the Internet and cardboard story boards that the parent should not but does invariably finish for the child seem the norm. But is the child being taught? What do teachers do these days besides measure your child in standardized tests and following the current flavor of the decade teaching modi operandi?
Let me step back and not take away from anyone's credentials or their attempt to educate in this bizarre new global existence.
I was taken aback by the Valedictory speech of a graduating student from "English High School" in July 1852. The words here say a lot about teachers and the gratitude that students should return to efforts made on their behalf. The following is an example of Yankee no frills education.
"The class of which I am a member, has now completed the usual academic course, in this Institution. We are about to separate and enter other spheres of duty. But before that separation takes place, one last office still remains to be performed. It is to take leave of our friends. It is to testify our gratitude to those who have helped us onward during our past lives and to encourage each other, in the onward path, which each of us may have chosen.
Beloved and respected teachers -To you, who have so faithfully attended to your arduous duties, we must first testify our gratitude.
You have endeavored to instill into our minds, those principles, and form in us, those habits, which would most securely stand against temptations and evils by which we may be assailed. You have instructed us on those things, which would qualify us for pursuing an honest and useful life. You have in all things, sought our good.
Nor, under Providence, shall your labor be in vain. If successful in our future lives, much of our success must be attributed to your aid. We are now to redesign your guidance and instruction. The happy hours we have here enjoyed, will never be repeated.
But though removed from your immediate influences, yet the lessons you have given, will still continue to teach us. We shall hear their echo, telling us what path of life and duty to choose. We shall feel their influence, continually urging us forward in all good deeds, and warning us to reflect, when temptations shall beset our paths. In more advanced periods, when we come to reflect upon our past lives, we shall refer to this portion, with pleasure. We shall recall the many pleasant hours we have here enjoyed, and the many valuable instructions we have received. Our teachers will be remembered with feelings of gratitude and respect.
We shall remember this devotedness to our happiness and welfare. We would say then, - go on in the work , the noble useful work, in which you are engaged.
Continue your endeavors to improve the young, and although your reward may not be immediate, yet it will be certain. And you, who are to continue your studies in this school, especially you, who are so soon to occupy our places in this room, we would exhort, to make the best use of your time, improve every opportunity and you will not regret it. Your advantages for obtaining a good education, are unusual.
Do not then, by neglecting them, bring regret and sorrow upon yourselves, in after years. Consider that, although one neglected advantage may seem but a small loss, yet it serves to swell, and may very seriously increase the aggregate of losses. Remember, that the cares of your teacher are very great. Do not, therefore, multiply them, by misconduct on your part, but rather alleviate them, by your attention to his instructions, and to your duty. And when, in future years, you come to look back upon your school days, may you be comforted by the reflection, that you have, in all things, endeavored to do your best.
Fellow Classmates, we now part with this school and with each other..."
Valedictory. Composed and spoken by C.F.Wyman, July 26, 1852, Boston, Mass.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Dog Whistle Bills in the inbred South to get out the local vote for the local Kim Davis County level jobs and of course the meal ticket seats in state(H8) Legislatures in the upcoming Trump 2016 GOP Tsunami are in the works.
One passed in North Carolina. Whatever happened to North Carolina? A billionaire named Pope buying up the state legislature for ten cents on the dollar, who has successfully spread his hate dope for a generation to clean up once the old bastard dies and goes to hell.
Now one bill HB757 (sounds like a toxic WMD) in Georgia from the GOP legislature waiting for the Governor’s signature. Bills Labeled as anti-gay but just the standard coded H8 stuff – “Religious Liberty/Freedom (coded Segregation Jim Crow/Gays-No)” laws to protect some "Christian" bakery in rural America, the only bakery in one horse towns, from making wedding cakes for the Blacks or the current easy to H8 flavor of the month target - ‘da Gays - in bible beating A-merica.
Beat your bishops
Religious Libery/Freedom - white guys
They can buy a dozen guns and hide in fear of it whatever it is – the women, the blacks, the gays, the future but they can’t come with something better than religion to put a sweet grape jelly covering onto their sticky peanut buttered up hate.
Monday, March 7, 2016
GOP Evangelicals (an Oxymoron) Talking Code For Religious Freedom and other Hot Button Culture War Topics “We are only Talking Code for Segregation”
The modern religious right formed, practically overnight, as a rapid response to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. Or, at least, that's how the story goes. The reality, Randall Balmer, a Dartmouth professor writing for Politico Magazine, says, is actually a little less savory to 21st century Americans: The religious right, who liked to call themselves the "moral majority" at the time, actually organized around fighting to protect Christian schools from being desegregated. It wasn't Roe v. Wade that woke the sleeping dragon of the evangelical vote. It was Green v. Kennedy, a 1970 decision stripping tax-exempt status from "segregation academies"—private Christian schools that were set up in response to Brown v. Board of Education, where the practice of barring black students continued.
Monday, February 29, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Cardinal Pell hiding out in Rome, playing the I am too sick to travel card to avoid testifying in abuse cases in OZ. Kind of like Philly’s Cardinal Bevilacqua’s I am too sick to stand trial deal legal defense?
Friday, February 12, 2016
Pope Francis’ Confused “Complicated Past” – Some Argentine Players – The Process – Second Junta – The Dirty War – Etc.
|Orlando Agosti, Jorge Videla and Emilio Massera, during the National Reorganization Process|
Jorge Videla -- March 1976-March 1981 President of Argentina
Roberto Viola -- March 1981-December 1981 President of Argentina
Leopoldo Galtieri -- December 1981-June 1982 President of Argentina
|Pio Laghi and the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Juan Carlos Aramburu act kindly with the leaders of the Process, Jorge Videla, Leopoldo Galtieri, Omar Graffigna and Armando Lambruschini|
Second Military Junta, July 1981.Cardinal Aramburu, General Viola,General Galtieri, Brigadier Graffigna, Admiral Lambruschini
|General Haig and General/President Galtieri discussing the upcoming|
consequences of going to War with Britain over the Falkland Islands.
|General Haig praying to his god he could talk Margaret Thatcher|
from going to War in the Falklands and blowing the cozy little setup
in Argentina with the CIA training camps for the Contras protected by the Junta.
|President Galtiere and the Great Peacemaker John Paul II|
|A young Father Bergoglio SJ, a deer caught in the headlights|
of Argentine history,
a nobody in the scheme of things (???) 1976-1983
|Freedom of Expression Restored 1983|
Wall of Metropolitan Cathedral
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Iowa Evanjerkicals Put Ted Cruz Over The Top - American Version of Taliban Coming to America - American Women Cover Your Faces!
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Armed Extremists Mormon Rebellion in Oregon – Government Property Seized - Media's Candy-Assed Treatment of Armed Thugs
The fuckiing bullshit media PC police are out posting this armed seizure of Government property in Oregon by a bunch of traitorous Joseph Smith wanna-bees, break away Mormon religious extremists as “militiamen” or “Anti-government protesters” (i.e. MSNBC).
They are grown men with guns who don’t want to sit up in their temples in their Sunday White Underwear outfits but would rather be wearing white sheets in the desert, living in tents and beating up all their wives etc.
No fucking different than ISIS or Al-Qaeda, Sunni, Shia Muslim armed extremists, anarchists who want to tear my world down. Who want to steal my government owned land to sell or rent it to Koch Industries and set themselves up in the the State of Deseret according to their religious book of myths.
The British news media is already over this white male privilege thing. If gangs of unemployed blacks seized four square blocks of Baltimore and demanded to set up their own version of Utopia or Deseret, the national guard would already be bulldozing the dead bullet-ridden insurrectionist bodies out of the war zone.
Tell your media lies elsewhere MSNBC.
Their tiny penises, of these Mormon traitors, like their beliefs, should stay inside their pants and their houses of worship on Sunday in order to earn my respect and or tolerance of their weird private beliefs. That is what the first amendment is all about and not about hitting me over the head with a stick or shooting me in the back with an NRA approved WMD to steal my and or our common American national land held in trust for the ages and generations to come.
Ted Cruz is praying first for the traitors to resolve this peacefully and second that cops don’t get killed. No heart in that Pansy.
Rick Santorum identifies with the Deadbeat Bundy Polygamist Mormons and Company and blood cousins who can’t earn a living out west like their ancestors. Which is why Santorum wants the government to give land to these Domestic Terrorists. Governemt Welfare to his white male cronies.
Well if there are no jobs in the prairies for your cows to eat free government grass, then you leave and emigrate if you don’t like the USA. Leave! Join your male comrades in the Middle East and kill and steal in the name of your mean false desert gods.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Friday, December 25, 2015
Tell the Christmas Myth a Trillion Times
Listening to commentators on church services or even news reporters stating things of the Christ Myth like “Jesus was born in Bethlehem” matter of factly, which of course these days is an off limits place full of Arabs in Israel etc.
There is the old Doctor Goebbel’s line about telling a lie often enough that the lie becomes the truth at least in a fascist state setup.
But standing back and being looked down by Ph.D.’s in Theology by the mere fact that I can read, the new testament in particular, and see the gaping holes in facts and timelines etc., and the Doctors of Divinity merely and or mildly presenting tolerance of me in the presence of vested education degrees.
Sheepskins do not necessarily represent intelligence, merely the assets to sit in class for so many number of years and being a certificate of attendance as an actual substitute for learning.
The real tragedy I see this Christmas is how lukewarm real Christians give to the devotion and reverence that used to be given as the fear of being in the presence of a warlord god ready to strike non-conformists for the least infractions of the army rule book of Christianity set up by the Emperor-god Constantine in the fourth century of this common era as a means to glue together a falling apart Roman Empire.
That if the Christian myth has been told a trillion times over the centuries, the myth more likely to the young at Christmas has been told at least three trillion times around some kindergarten table in the repeating the stories of surrogates of fairy pervert pedophile elfs, like Santa, who sees you every day and everything you do.
And you as a child get rewarded for conformity to the army manual myth of who or what the commander in chief says Christ is that day, week or month. Love this day and then go to holy war for centuries in the name of the Prince of Peace.
I think the perversion of the story of Jesus and his human golden rule teachings starts at Christmas and progresses until the Spring with the sado-masochist torture of Jesus in time to be merged with the Easter Bunny myth. The Santa Claus thing is an almost human story. The Easter Bunny is pure animus.
And the lovely little baby in a manger morphing into a bloody corpse on a cross as the only means of war that a warlord mean desert god says is the only means for the rabble to salvation, to be drafted into the Empire’s army to save the Empire and the Emperor etc. is a story that Mel Gibson took from the Anti-Semitic boutique designer gospel of John used in producing his movie blockbuster Passion of the Christ (myth).
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
One of the victims of the war with ISIS/ISIL/DAESH is not the truth but the media shortage of bodies over at MSNBC since the purge of talking head bodies (Shh! – It is a secret – nobody watches anyway lol)
Well - Yesterday while a few of the more self-important fish are getting a round trip to Paris to personally investigate a bunch of thugs with guns in Europe when they would hesitate to take on a NRA convention of whoopee cushion usin good ‘ole boys in the States. Well, the world is turned upside down these days.
Well yesterday, in desperate need of bodies on the live set at the Capitol Rep. Burgess of Texas wandered into view of the cameras with the unpaid interns in charge of cameras. Congressman Burgess
wanted to talk about “boots on the ground in Syria” along with the unicorn problem in Texas, sitting in Dick Armey’s old congressional seat btw, very important Gerry
That and also he might have mentioned fetuses, Boy fetuses that is – not girl fetuses
btw, masturbating in the womb etc. (Cameras cut!)
Today, away from the Camera but on one of those modern telephone things, Governor Asa Hutchinson, mentioning his vast experience with Homeland Security under the safe days of President George W. Bush. “He kept us safe” (except on 911). Asa thought it awful unfair why we would be giving free charity and welfare to Muslims from Syria or such.
Why should President Assad not have to support these bums and send them to Europe?
It only makes sense to reciprocate and send a bunch of dangerous minds from Arkansas. Get rid of them. People on welfare. Minorities. ‘Da Gays. Etc. (Telephone call - CUT!) (Geez – unpaid media interns on a learning curve. Lol)
Tomorrow - Senator Tom Cotton and the glories of fighting in the trenches with guys, guys, guys. Share the excitement?
Gee FOX NEWS, keep your animal Kristi-an pundits over there at Roger Ailes ZOO and stop picking on MSNBC. Lock your gates!
(MSNBC Interns – Please no more free bananas to strangers.)
Asa Hutchinson Congressinal Photo Public Domain
Friday, October 30, 2015
Christianity, like Marriage, is only as Strong as its Weakest Link
There is that scene in the recent movie “Selma” with LBJ meeting with Governor George Wallace in the Oval Office in 1965 and two Southern politicians are trying to haggle their way out of an uncomfortable situation whereby one hundred years of Jim Crow and racial suppression was bubbling up all over the South but in this particular place of Alabama with protesters wanting to march across the state to petition their state government for a redress of their grievance of wanting to exercise their full constitutional right to vote without hindrance in that state.
The white men in Alabama sounding like the Roman Catholic Church on Sacred Tradition were saying this is how it has always been and we are satisfied with it.
The black men in Alabama no longer wanted to be on the short end of the stick, an expression, and no longer on the end of stick being beaten or killed for asking for their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
At one point Governor Wallace wants the federal government to go along with Southern Sacred Tradition and Lyndon Johnson, wanting to establish some sort of legislative legacy, throws the problem back at Wallace and tells him that as Governor he can force adherence to national law at the local level at the county level where all government is local and the local voting registrar is the real place where the Negro was being denied his local rights.
It occurred to me upon recent viewing of that movie for the first time, how the definition of man and the definition of the rights of man are in essence defined and or redefined according to the local prejudice and flavors of the month, years and century.
Which also brings this slightly aged person, with memories of the sixties, to look at County Clerk Kim Davis of Rowan County Kentucky and her singular obsession with the biblical definition of “marriage” and her hearing and obeying her “god” and his direct command to her to enforce “his” definition of whatever marriage is.
Before marriage, I told a friend that I thought of marriage as a merger and or alliance between two people. He having been married more than once listened to my definition and or preconceived idea of marriage and laughed. He told me that at best marriage is a truce between two people on the front line of the war between the sexes and the unique qualities, attributes and assets of those eternally warring factions, and their ongoing hit or miss contributions in the way of offspring to the common good and millennial old haphazard survival of the species.
Some weird Baptist cult, famous for their hatred of gays, has set up protesting with signs shop within hearing distance of three times divorced County Clerk, living in a glass house Kim Davis, and throwing stones at da gays who wish to be in legal union and or marriage with each other.
The traditional definition of marriage via filtering of the RC sacred traditions that make up their ritual plagued religion, and the basis of most modern Christianity, had Jesus, a single man going to a wedding with his mom, and getting drunk. No engagement to a female, no bridal registries, no speaking of vows.
Of course that is not the way they tell the stained glass story on the wall of the cathedral but that is the bottom line – the stained glass sacred tradition story. Marriage in the RC tradition / “Christian” POV would appear to be whatever sacred tradition says “it” is - just like - the way “it” has always been for the white man in the South - the majority opinion in the church so to speak is the definition of what sexual union and or sexual truce is within the confines of a legal union and or marriage – and must be between a legal aged male and female of the species.
Minority opinions do not count.
Kim Davis with her three divorces is technically according to the sparse and or spaced all over the place in the Greek Testament phrasings – she is an adulterer and her many other marriages are not the one true union of marriage that Jesus supposedly defined once upon a time in a distant galaxy in a time far, far away from the real here and now.
Kim is a “whore” living in sin and the good people of the Westboro Baptist “Christian” cult don’t think that Kim is the right spokesperson to diss and deny gay people their civil rights. (Strange turn of events and or rhetoric?)
Christianity and its thousands of sects and cults is after all only as strong and its weakest link and or links as in the Kim Davis variety or the Westboro inbred Christer crazies.
Union Lobby that runs the Vatican has after fifty years post-Vatican
had a Synod recently and after fifty years since Vatican II of shitting on the divorced of their
church, they are reaching out for contributions or contributions disguised as
an invitation to return to the Church and get a mean spirited right to their
sacraments - take or leave it losers - or btw go to hell.
This as the pews remain empty and perhaps a few divorced catholics who have not already joined the Lutherans or the Anglicans or other main stream Protestant churches that accept in a complex world, the complex reasons why marriages fail, why there is divorce and why everybody deserves a second chance to make a more perfect union with a spouse and of course with or without children involved.
I am reminded of the author Anne Rice who went back briefly to the RC church and left after a few months later pulling her hair and screaming something to the effect that the nostalgic home of the church she remembered from childhood was replaced by the biased boilerplate preaching of the meal tickets clerics defending celibacy in all its toxic forms including the Sacred Tradition of Omerta surrounding regarding pedophilia, of that particular business, sect, cult.
Good luck to any divorced people lucky enough to find a comfortable roost in the same old medieval RC church thing btw.
The Vatican Synod on the “Family” btw forgot about all the gays. Divorced Catholics first on the tour. Maybe in another hundred years, the gays?
Pope Francis, who is a great PR guy, having not only survived some of the darkest fascist days of Argentina history but prospered as well despite that history, is trying to I think to highlight a lot of piles, mountains of sacred tradition in the RC church (with a possible need to change, tweek things a bit here and there?) before he goes to his eternal reward and is no doubt happier stirring up the pot in Rome rather than in Buenos Aires. Wink, nod.
Which brings us to the people of this world, the Kim Davis county clerks, or the cookie cutter RC priests, or the perfect cult people of the Westboro Baptist Congregation publicity seeking church playing with themselves and defining marriage any which way but loose.
Marriage is in the words of the definer?
Which goes back to my tongue in cheek but probably no so far from the truth article about a stoned Jesus as a gay wedding. A long standing 2,000 year old coded message from da bible? Again – Wink, Nod.
Good thing I am mostly cultured and not christianed these days?